Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trade to top agenda as Netanyahu set to visit India

Trade to top agenda as Netanyahu set to visit India

Not disheartened by India's vote against Israel at the UN General Assembly on the issue of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope that bilateral ties would receive a further boost during his milestone visit to the country.

In the recording broadcast by Channel 2 News, Yair Netanyahu tells the son of an Israeli gas tycoon that the prime minister advanced a controversial gas deal in parliament that benefited his father.

Netanyahu is also likely to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra and will be in Mumbai for a business meet before he flies home next Friday.

Modi will then take his counterpart to visit Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat. The visit comes merely six months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Jewish state, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold meetings in New Delhi with President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.

Along with Modi, the Israeli Prime Minister will participate in an Indo-Israeli CEOs' meet and address the Raisina Dialogue Series before moving to Gujarat where they are scheduled to launch projects.

Israel's Saare Tzedek hospital would be signing an agreement with India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well. Netanyahu will also visit Centre of Excellence in Vadrad and inaugurate a Centre of Excellence for date palms in Bhuj via video conference.

Mr Netanyahu is the second Israel Prime Minister to visit India after Ariel Sharon in 2003, when the BJP led government was in power. They will also visit the iCreate innovation campus and center. He will reach out to Bollywood in an exclusive "Shalom Bollywood" event.

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